Three horses to look out for at the Curragh on Sunday

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Sat 20 Jul 2019

A competitive eight-race card at the Curragh will be shown live on Racing TV on Sunday and our man Harry Allwood selects three horses to keep on side.

We were treated to some brilliant racing from the Curragh on Saturday. If you did miss any of the action, you can watch it again here.

The feature race on Sunday is the Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes and Soldier’s Call will bid to go two places better than he did at Royal Ascot last time out.

He sets the standard in that Group Two contest, but faces some in-form rivals, most notably El Astronaute who is seeking a hat-trick.

Move Swiftly will bid to follow up her win in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in the Kilboy Estate Stakes. Her trainer, William Haggas, is hoping for rain but she is likely to prove hard to beat if she takes her chance.

The action gets underway at 2.00pm and here are three to keep in mind.


Trainer: John Quinn. General odds: 9-2.

John Quinn almost landed the Minstrel Stakes with Safe Voyage on Saturday which bodes well for a big run from El Astronaute in this Group Two contest.

The six-year-old has won his last two starts – both in handicap company – and now finds himself on a career-high rating of 111.

The latest of those two victories came in the Rockingham Handicap over course and distance where he defied top weight suggesting he is up to this standard, despite struggling when tried at Group Two level at York in May.

This trip is ideal for him and the ground will suit, so is worth chancing against the favourite, Soldier’s Call, who ran a huge race to finish third behind Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and sets the standard on that performance.

Caspian Prince won this contest in 2017 and finished runner-up last year. This is likely to have been the aim for him all season but has not shown the level of form this year that he has shown in previous seasons.


Trainer:Willie Browne. General odds: 11-1.

Anythingyouwanttobe caught the eye at Sligo in June where she looked an arguably unlucky loser and can make amends here.

The daughter of Kingman – who showed promise in two starts in maiden company for Ger Lyons on the all-weather – was forced to race wide and could not get a clear run when needed before staying on strongly to finish a never-nearer third.

The three-year-old disappointed on her first start for her new trainer on her seasonal debut but shaped as though she is potentially well treated on her handicap debut last time out.

She races off the same rating of 58 here and there should be plenty more to come from her this season, especially if the first-time hood helps her cause.

She faces some in-form rivals but looks a good each-way bet at 11-1 with Andrew Slattery claiming a handy 5lb.


Trainer: Jim Bolger. General odds: 2-1.

This rapidly improving youngster has been raised 12lb after his impressive success at Leopardstown ten days ago, but the manner of his victory suggests that may not be enough to stop his winning streak.

The son of 2008 Derby winner New Approach has shaped like a thorough stayer, so the step up to two miles should not be a hinderance and is a potential Group performer in the making.

He now finds himself on a rating of 98, so another career best will be needed if he is to complete a four-timer, but he is firmly on the up and Jim Bolger has been operating at a strike rate of 29 per cent in the past fortnight plus Racing TV presenter Angus McNae is also keen on his chances, which is another positive!

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